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Children to gather acorns from ‘Jack’s oak’ at Jack London State Historical Park

As the historic oak tree known as “Jack’s oak” nears the end of its life cycle, Glen Ellen neighboring organizations Jack London State Historic Park and Quarryhill Botanical Garden will celebrate and honor the life of this tree on Sunday, Oct. 6.

At a public celebration honoring the tree, children from Hanna Boys Center and the Sonoma Mentoring Alliance will gather acorns and ceremoniously take them from Jack London State Historic Park to Quarryhill Botanical Garden where they will be planted.

Next spring, the seedlings from these acorns will be presented during the annual Arbor Day celebration in Sonoma Plaza.

The tree, a bridge that links the present to the past, and the acorns that symbolize the future, will be the focus of the celebration with local artists paying tribute. Poets will honor Jack London’s legacy and his beloved oak, from which he drew so much inspiration and under whose limbs he sat to write many of his masterpieces, which have endured to this day.

Dancers will celebrate the life of the tree followed by a blessing from an elder of the Coast Miwok Tribe. After a solemn good-bye is bid to the “grandmother tree” that has stood in this spot for several hundred years, a look ahead to the future will be set in motion when local children gather the acorns which will be taken to Quarryhill Botanical Garden where they will be planted.


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